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Submission Number
2326
Participant
Sybil Helen MacLure
Submission date

Sybil Helen MacLure
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To Co-Design Body

Submission for Co-design process

I was born in Scotland where I completed a physics degree and started working as a dexign and development engineer. In my early 20s in 1990 I came out to back-pack around Australia, worked as a medical physicist and and fell in love with the land. I am now an Australian citizen and have completed further studies: Environmental science at Griffith Uni and Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at Sunshine Coast Uni. I am currently working in high schools.

Why do you think the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important?
I have always been appalled at the lack of restoration to Australian Aboriginal peoples for the atrocities inflicted since invasion such as massacres, land dispossesion and stolen generations. These injustices continue today in many forms of institutional racism. Indigenous Austalian's live with the very real implications of this every day. The Uluru statement is a very carefully considered and widely canvassed statement that calls fro Indigenous Australians to have authority over decisions that affect them, and encompasses what Indigenous people believe will help them move away from continuing injustices and towards integrity for all Australians.

Why is it important for Indigenous people to have a say in the matters that affect them?
Self-determination is a right and is essential to help remedy the injustices of the past.

How could a Voice to Parliament improve the lives of your community?
see above

Why do you think it's important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, rather than include it only in legislation?
Constitutional recognition is essential to protect these rights and prevent insecurity and vulnerability to changes in legislation.

Things will only get worse unless they get better

Yours sincerely,
Sybil Helen MacLure